Doctors for Healthy Communities on Thursday presented a check of $7,500 to the Blessings in a Backpack program which provides food for local school children.

Blessings in a Backpack provides food to JCPS elementary school student who face food insecurity. Last year, the organization provided students with more than 190,000 hunger-free weekends.

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio said the need for food assistance within the school system is immense. Of the roughly 100,000 JCPS students, 67,000 qualify for free and reduced lunches, and approximately 6,000 are homeless.

Students at Camp Taylor Elementary School volunteered Thursday to help fill bags with food for Blessings in a Backpack.

DHC President Dr. Babar presenting check to Kim Holsclaw (Blessing in a Backpack) with Mayor Fischer, Dr. Polio (JCPS superintendent)
Other attendees are Dr. Saleem (DHC board Member), Mary Texas (APRN JCPS), Eva Stone (APRN JCPS), Dr. Lindsay Shafer (OB/GYN Norton Healthcare), Dr. Jennifer Heer Ford (OB/GYN Baptist Healthcare), Ozair Shariff (Attorney Stites & Harbison), Fernando Valdizan (Attorney), Dr. Latif (MAC board member), Charles Barker (Chair, founder and president of Compassionate Dallas/Fort Worth), Camp Taylor Staff, Camp Taylor Service club and DHC volunteers and students.





Check of $7500 to blessing in a backpack

Charles Barker (Chair, BOT of International Charter of Compassion) with DHC Volunteers Mary Texas (APRN JCPS), Somi Babar (DHC volunteer), Jeremy Bischoff (DHC volunteer), Hana Saleem (DHC volunteer), Shiza Latif, Sophia Latif, Faizan Latif and Jawad Saleem (DHC student volunteers)

DHC Volunteers Dr. Lindsay Shafer (OB/GYN Norton Healthcare)  and Dr. Jennifer Heer Ford (OB/GYN Baptist Healthcare) bagging supplies with service club at the school.

Marty Pollio (JCPS superintendent), Mayor Fischer and Dr. Babar (DHC President) putting food supplies in the bags with the help of Camp Taylor School Service club and DHC student volunteers.

DHC volunteer students Adam Babar, Harris Babar and Sofia Latif filling the bags with food for the weekend.